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April 5 2007 Fiction Writing Newsletter

Fiction Vision Newsletter

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Volume 2, Edition 12

5 April 2007

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In this issue:

- From the editor

- Formatting your submission

- Related links

- Previous articles

- Fiction Writing Shop

From the editor

I was watching an interview the other day with the Christopher Little Agency employee who first read the partial, and requested the full manuscript, of JK Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. We all know how that story ended, but what I found interesting was the comment that Rowling had submitted her partial fully ring bound. The employee said she was drawn to read it "despite" the faux pas.†

Since binding submissions is strongly discouraged, one can only surmise how many of the agencies who rejected Rowling's submission actually chose not to bother reading it because she didn't know the industry guidelines.†

In many ways it's silly, but the justification is that there is only so much time to trawl through the slush pile, and preference is given to submissions that follow guidelines.†

Good writing and a great story will eventually win through, but don't make the journey any harder for yourself than it already is.


Formatting your submission to agents and publishers

One of the biggest hurdles in writing is getting a publisher interested in buying your manuscript. Slush pile readers have a lot of manuscripts to go through, so donít give them any formatting reasons to ignore yours.

Read this article

Related links and articles

Writing a synopsis

Do you need a literary agent?

Setting goals for your writing career

Previous articles on the Fiction Writing site†

How not to write a novel

Writing mysteries

Writing a book that makes a difference

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